The WORST eucalyptus essential oil if you want to breathe better
A reader asked me about using essential oils to help him breathe better. He had inhaled a lot of dust while sanding and all the doctors could do for him was give him an inhaler, antibiotics, and a nasal spray. But they weren’t working well. He was still having trouble breathing, so he tried a eucalyptus oil, and that seemed to bring up a lot of mucous and help him breathe better. But this was accompanied by flu-like symptoms, so he asked for advice.
My key advice: Make sure you have the RIGHT eucalyptus oil. Here’s what I do when I feel congested for whatever reason.
I have a powerful cold-air essential oils diffuser that I use in my bathroom when I'm bathing or showering. The combination of moist air and diffused essential oils in larger quantities helps break up any congestion so I can breathe more freely. I diffuse about 20 drops of oil for about 15 minutes while I'm showering and shaving or bathing. I then apply 10 drops of a blend of respiratory oils to my chest and back while my skin is rather moist after showering. The oils I'm recommending here are safe to use with a little moisture so they spread easily over the body and absorb into the blood stream quickly. You can help them absorb better by massaging them in with a hair dryer. The aromas of the oils I use don't linger much if that is a concern.
I learned from Dr. Daniel Penoel that cineole is the main chemical to look for in respiratory essential oils. It's found in the eucalyptus oils (the most popular of the respiratory oils), but certain eucalyptus oils are not always the safest or most effective oils for respiratory problems because they may have low-grade neurotoxic properties that could cause problems when used too frequently or too much at a time. Instead he recommended using mainly Myrtle with a little Cajeput added.
I buy these in 50 ml bottles and use them every day to keep my lungs clear and working at their peak, especially during the fall, winter, and spring months. I've had a lot of bronchial problems in the past so this really helps to keep my air passages clean and clear and avoid the annual respiratory issues. Many of my customers enjoy using Aspire for respiratory issues. It is a highly effective blend of 9 respiratory oils: cypress, eucalyptus blue mallee, marjoram, myrtle, peppermint, pine, rosemary, saro, and spruce.
Another oil that cuts through thick mucous is Eucalyptus dives. Another name for this oil is Eucalyptus peppermint. It’s famous for cutting through the heaviest of phlegm lodged in the chest.
If you like taking hot baths, mix about 20 drops of one of these respiratory oils in a little shampoo or shower gel and add it to the hot water. That will also help break up heavy mucous.
If you are choosing another eucalyptus oil, be sure to choose Eucalyptus radiata. Eucalyptus globulus, according to Dr. Penoel, is not effective medicinally.
Unless you are having an allergic reaction, the flu-like symptoms could be a bit of a cleansing response that should clear up in a short time from using oils. Because essential oils are so concentrated they sometimes tend to speed up the release of toxins from bad bacteria in the body and they exit too quickly causing flu-like symptoms. You can lighten up on the use of essential oils and drink more water, take baths, try a sauna, exercise more, etc. to get the toxins out of your body more quickly.